21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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21 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
2
Ganh Dau, Phu Quoc Island
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Can Tho
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Bac Lieu
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
5
Cat Tien National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Da Lat
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
7
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  3 h
8
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
11
Sapa
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 45 min
12
Hanoi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4 h
13
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Drive + Fly + Shuttle:  21 h
End: Ljubljana

1
night
Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
On the 25th (Sat), savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bitexco Financial Tower, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip maker .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Ho Chi Minh City. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Ljubljana in January: high temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City hover around 37°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Ganh Dau.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Shopping Museums
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Food Tours
Walking tours
Bitexco Financial Tower ©
Bitexco Financial Tower

1
night
Ganh Dau, Phu Quoc Island

Ganh Dau ©
On the 27th (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Vinpearl Safari, then relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, and then stop by PQ LITTLE MART.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ganh Dau journey builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Ganh Dau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Can Tho.

Things to do in Ganh Dau

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Phu Quoc Island
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Vinpearl Safari ©
Vinpearl Safari
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
PQ LITTLE MART ©
PQ LITTLE MART

1
night
Can Tho

Can Tho ©
The main city of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho has a bustling atmosphere, with tourism and trade central to its liveliness.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Ho Chi Minh Monument, hunt for treasures at Cai Rang Floating Market, then browse the fresh offerings at Cantho Market, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tham Tuong Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tin Lanh Baptist Church.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Can Tho road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ganh Dau to Can Tho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bac Lieu.

Things to do in Can Tho

Shopping Historic Sites
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Cai Rang Floating Market ©
Cai Rang Floating Market
Tham Tuong Church ©
Tham Tuong Church
Ho Chi Minh Monument ©
Ho Chi Minh Monument

1
night
Bac Lieu

Bac Lieu ©
Bạc Liêu is a provincial city and capital of the Bạc Liêu Province in the Mekong Delta region in southern Vietnam. On the 29th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Quan Am Phat Dai Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bac Lieu driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Can Tho to Bac Lieu takes 3 hours. January in Bac Lieu sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cat Tien National Park.

Things to do in Bac Lieu

Historic Sites
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Quan Am Phat Dai Temple ©
Quan Am Phat Dai Temple

1
night
Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park
On the 30th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cat Tien Park.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Cat Tien National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bac Lieu to Cat Tien National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Da Lat.

Things to do in Cat Tien National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cat Tien Park
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2
nights
Da Lat

While often referred to as "City of a Thousand Flowers," "City of a Thousand Pines," and "City of a Thousand Palms," you'd be right in thinking that numbers far greater than a thousand have given Da Lat its reputation as a fertile agricultural heartland.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Vien Truc Lam, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then don't miss a visit to Lam Vien Square. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Datanla High Rope Course and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Da Lat online tour planner .

You can drive from Cat Tien National Park to Da Lat in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can take a bus to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Da Lat

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Off-Road Tours
Thien Vien Truc Lam ©
Thien Vien Truc Lam

2
nights
Nha Trang

Nha Trang ©
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nha Tho Nui, then take in the views from Tran Phu Bridge, and then admire the sheer force of Ba Ho Waterfall.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nha Trang trip itinerary site .

Traveling by bus from Da Lat to Nha Trang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hoi An.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang ©
Nha Tho Nui ©
Nha Tho Nui
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Hoi An

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. On your second day here, look for gifts at Couleurs d'Asie Gallery and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hoi An sightseeing website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Food Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Precious Heritage by Rehahn ©
Precious Heritage by Rehahn

2
nights
Hue

Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, and then stroll the grounds of Royal Tombs.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hue planner .

Traveling by car from Hoi An to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Hue, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs

1
night
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
On the 8th (Sat), experience rural life at The Duck Stop and then explore the striking landscape of Phong Nha Caves.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner .

Drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sapa.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop

1
day
Sapa

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
On the 9th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain.

Discover how to plan a Sapa trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Sapa takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

2
nights
Hanoi

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
On the 10th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at TiredCity Hang Bong. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi day trip app .

You can drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Photography Tours
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

2
nights
Halong Bay

Halong Bay ©
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Halong Bay road trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks Nature
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Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

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